New restaurants and new menus to look forward to in September 2019.
This September, as we anticipate the launch of restaurant guides such as Michelin Guide Singapore 2019 and our very own Singapore’s Top Restaurants 2019/2020, we’re reminded anew of how vibrant our dining scene is. Coupled with this slate of exciting new restaurant openings and refreshed offerings, we’ve certainly got lots to chew on for the month.
First there was the launch of La Dame de Pic by chef Anne-Sophie Pic, then the re-opening of Northern Indian restaurant Tiffin Room. Now, joining them at the restored Raffles Singapore is modern Chinese restaurant 藝 yì by Jereme Leung. For Singaporean chef Jereme, modern Chinese cuisine doesn’t involve fusion by any means. Rather it’s looking inward, mining Chinese’s rich culinary heritage even more deeply for inspiration. Going by our preview meal there recently, there’d be a melange of flavours to savour in one place. Think Sichuan style chicken with peanut sesame chilli dressing; Shanghai-style smoked honey soy mackerel and savoury pickled cabbage; and swan-shaped durian pastries for a touch of the local. Chef Jereme shares more about his culinary philosophy here.
#03-09 Raffles Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6337 1886. Lunch and dinner daily.
Named after butter, a key ingredient in modern European cooking, this restaurant is helmed by head chef Darwin Wong, who has had stints at restaurants such as JAAN by Kirk Westaway, the former Saveur Art, and Chinoiserie by Justin Quek. The restaurant’s namesake plays more than a supporting role in a number of dishes. The 10-days butter-aged Angus ribeye, for instance, features steak that is first dry-aged for two days then coated in butter and aged for 10 days. In the dish of escargot and truffle, escargots are sauteed with garlic-infused butter and slices of pork belly, then served with a beurre noisette white truffle mousse.
23 Bukit Pasoh Road. Tel: 9660 0597. Lunch and dinner, Tue-Sat; 11am-3pm, Sun.
Reminiscent of the Capitol Building snack bar of the 1960s opened by milk brand Magnolia, the Capitol Milk Bar, conceptualised in an American diner style, offers comfort food and huge doses of nostalgia. Burgers and sandwiches come in the likes of The Stamford, brimming with pulled pork, yuzu cabbage slew and apple butter barbecue sauce, and The Capitol, featuring a Black Angus beef patty in an egg wrap tossed with cheddar and black pepper mushroom sauce. For big groups, consider going for their hot dogs such as The Classic New Yorker, which can be ordered in the 1m-long jumbo size. Tuck in with tall milkshakes by your side or leave room for hefty desserts such as the Capital Milk Bar banana split.
#01-84B Arcade@TheCapitolKempinski. Tel: 6715 6874. Lunch and dinner daily.
A rough translation of the Mandarin phrase ‘let’s prosper together’, Izy Fook is a revamp of the former izakaya Izy Dining & Bar. In the present iteration, the Japanese restaurant-bar takes inspiration from Singapore eats and Cantonese favourites. Signatures include their char siew roast pork, superior prawn mee pok, and wagyu truffle don. Pair the savoury bites here with house cocktails such as the Mecha Fashioned, featuring coffee vodka, shochu, kahlua and chocolate bitters.
27 Club Street. Tel: 9678 0027. Lunch and dinner daily.
If you’re in the heart of town and need a place to have a sit-down and afternoon catch-up with friends, head to 1864, Sofitel Singapore City Centre’s bar and tea lounge for their refreshed hi-tea set ($88 for two) served with Nespresso coffee or TWG tea. Savouries such as baked frittata with octopus and smoked cayenne pepper aioli will start you off on your afternoon graze. If local flavours are more up your alley, go for the kueh pie tee filled with crab meat and caviar crème. For the sweet-toothed, executive pastry chef Sam Leong has prepared delights such as a matcha and adzuki bean genoise, and crispy croissant waffles topped with truffle camembert cheese. For enquiries and reservations, email HA152@sofitel.com or call +65 6428 5000. For online bookings, head here.
9 Wallich Street. Tel: 6428 5000. 3-5.30pm daily.
After a revamp, five years into operation, El Mero Mero returns with a new menu that features a good mix of classic and new dishes. In the tacos department, the Baja fish and the Wagyu are some of their signatures. Newer experiments include botana or small plates such as the corn sampler, comprising Josper-grilled organic baby corn and donuts made in-house with huitlocoche or corn mushroom, and mains such as El Mero Mero fajita which pairs poblano shishito crema with grilled beef. Drinks showcase the full breadth of Mexican spirits, including a selection of cocktails based on mezcals, such as the El Mero Mero, featuring orange-infused mezcal with fresh lime and agave.
#01-20 CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street. Tel: 9722 8171. Dinner daily.
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For more good eats from Latin America, there’s Latinada (Latin food festival) from 8-16 September to look forward to. Started by Peruvian chef Daniel Chavez of the OLA Kitchen Group, the second edition of Singapore’s first Latin American food festival will span 13 events run across 12 restaurants in a week celebrating this region’s vibrant, but lesser-known cuisine.
Some of the highlights include Cuban Night on 10 September at TONO Cevicheria featuring Cuban dishes such as Moros y Cristianos and lobster empanadas; a four-hands collaboration between chef Edwin Guzman Navarro of Nikkei restaurant Aji in Macau, and chef Fernando Arévalo of Preludio on 19 September; and six-hands dinner Our Journey Back Home on 16 September starring chef Diego Jacquet, chef patron of BoCHINche, chef Ivan Brehm, chef-owner of Nouri, and chef Daniel Chavez of OLA. Tickets are available here: www.ola.kitchen/latinada.